BRANCHBURG, NJ – Raritan Valley Community College will once again sponsor three days of ticketed and free music performances, songwriting workshops and other fun activities for the whole family when Aiken & Friends Fest returns to the North Branch campus September 26-28.
Now in its 14th year and third at Raritan Valley Community College, Aiken & Friends Fest is headlined by Mike & Amy Aiken. The event is presented with RVCCArts and The Theatre at RVCC on the campus of Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
For more information & to purchase tickets visit https://www.aikenandfriendsfest.com
Mike & Amy Aiken’s music can be described as Folk and Roots with an ocean view. Mike Aiken’s vast treasure chest of experiences and mastery of varied stringed instruments have contributed to a catalogue of music that cannot be defined by one genre or style. This well-traveled Virginia songwriter and sea captain may have been born in the wrong century. Aiken has drawn tales – and hope – from trail riders, aging rodeo champs, sea captains, Rastafarians and outlaws, to craft tunes that draw the threads of these independent spirits together. Amy Aiken, Mike’s musical and adventuring partner from stage to sea, brings her own sincerity and personality to the duo, delivering sweet harmony vocals and tasty percussion. Each is a licensed US Coast Guard Captain, has sailed over 30,000 blue-water miles, and logged countless miles on the road performing in North America and Europe. Together they have also logged seven studio albums, one first-round Grammy nomination, #1 and #13 in Europe, five songs Top 25 US charts.
Mike Aiken’s most-recent album, Wayward Troubadour, has earned rave reviews.
“Mike Aiken’s new release, Wayward Troubadour (Northwind Records), is one of those summertime Americana ‘kick back and hang out’ collections perfect to pop in the stereo and launch into the season.” – Americana Highways
“With so much fake country music hogging the airwaves, it’s downright refreshing — like a cool mountain breeze — to hear such a Wayward Troubadour as Mike Aiken.” – Aquarian Weekly
“Mike Aiken delivers an album rooted in traditional country, with moments of Western Swing that will fit very nicely in your summer playlist… These are songs that will have you smiling and head-bobbing and generally feeling carefree. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Just wait until you hear this album.”
– Parcbench.Live – New York City
“Mike is something of a John Prine crossed with Ry Cooder.” – Sail Magazine
Mike and Amy Aiken recently signed a new management and booking agreement with Steve Johnson of the Bonfire Music Group Management & Booking Agency:
Aiken & Friends Fest Schedule
Thursday, September 26:
1pm – Blues Evolution with MSG Acoustic Blues Trio – free with reservation
Friday, September 27 – Songwriters in-the-Round show ($20) featuring:
Mike Aiken – Norfolk, Virginia
LEA – Washington, DC
Tim Buppert – Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, September 28:
11am- One-hour music workshops ($10) featuring:
Guitar –Ron Fetner; Songwriting –Mike Aiken; Indie Music Promotion – Amy Aiken
12:30-5:30pm – Concert on the Quad (Free)
Community Day Celebration for RVCC with Macheis Wind, Jonathan Beedle, Starr Celeste, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards and Jonathan Byrd
Pickers’ Tent (hosted by the Dragonfly Café), vendors, food, kid’s activities, free Planetarium laser shows, free hand and arm massages and more
7pm – Tall Tales & Troubadours Concert (Nash Theater) with the Mike & Amy Aiken Band ($20)
Special pricing: Weekend pass (2 evening concerts, choice of workshop) -$30 (a $50 value)
Hi-res Mike & Amy Aiken photo by Jeff Fasano: